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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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PSYC 2003 - Sensation, Movement, and Language

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture 1 Lab None
Course Description: How does the brain receive information, interpret it, and then respond? This course presents an introduction to the brain’s role in sensation (vision, hearing, and other senses), perception (creating meaning from sensory information), body movement (including disorders of movement such as dystonia and Parkinson’s disease), and language (including language disorders such as aphasia). The focus is on how the brain and nervous system sense the environment, perceive and interpret incoming sensory information, move the muscles of the body, and communicate with others using language.
MnTC Goals
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: PSYC 1020 .

Major Content

  1. Basic brain anatomy and physiology
  2. Language processing in the brain and language disorders
  3. Principles of sensation and perception
  4. Processing of body movement in the brain and movement disorders
  5. The other senses
  6. Vision and visual perception

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the basic foundations of brain anatomy and physiology.
  2. describe the principle of perception.
  3. identify the basic components of any system of sensation and perception.
  4. identify brain areas involved in language.
  5. list human senses other than vision and their fundamental properties.
  6. describe the anatomical features of vision and the visual pathway in the brain.
  7. describe the role these brain areas play in body movement: motor cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia.
  8. identify brain areas involved in language.

Competency 1 (1-6)
05. 01. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.

05. 02. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.

05. 03. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.

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